Technology Descriptions

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader (free)

  • What is Adobe Acrobat Reader?
    Adobe Acrobat Reader free software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
  • Where do I get Adobe Acrobat Reader?
    Download Adobe Acrobat Readerget.adobe.com/reader

 

Brightspace

The Brightspace course management software is your home base for anything course based, from posting materials online to a complete virtual learning environment and everything in between. Learn more

BlueJeans

BlueJeans is a video conferencing solution that does not require any software to be installed. Using the Google Chrome browser, you will connect to a conference session from a link provided in your course. To test your configuration, go to https://bluejeans.com/111/ and talk to Jean the Parrot.

 

Digital Recording Device

PMHNP students will be required to either purchase an audio recorder capable of outputting WMA or MP3 format or they can use the recorder capabilities in their smartphone provided it can output to WMA or MP3.

 

DocuCare

  • Where do I get my access code?
    Your access code will be provided to you via email from a Vanderbilt support staff member or from Lippincott directly. There is nothing for you to purchase, you will only need to follow the instruction in the email to register.
  • Who do I contact for support?
    For technical support with DocuCare:

    DocuCare Contact Support
    Web site: thepoint.lww.com/studentsupport
    Email Tech Support: techsupp@lww.com
    Phone Support: 1-800-468-1128
    Live help is available: Mon-Thu: 8am-12am EST Fri: 8am-7pm EST Sun: 4pm-12am EST

 

Endnote

PhD students are required to use Endnote – a citation management package that allows you to import references from multiple databases and automatically formats manuscripts. We will conduct an Endnote training session as part of orientation. Students can purchase EndNote at the VU Software site located at: https://softwarestore.vanderbilt.edu.

Choose the most current version available (versions may differ depending on whether you are a Windows or Mac user).

  • Who do I contact for support?
    Contact the Vanderbilt Software Store for support with purchasing/downloading your software by calling 615-343-3919, or email: software.store@vanderbilt.edu

 

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper makes it safer to download apps by protecting you from inadvertently installing malicious software on your Mac. More Info >

 

Malwarebytes

Can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. More Info >

 

Skype for Business (was Lync)

Microsoft Lync was renamed to “Skype for Business”. This is different than regular Skype. The Skype for Business interface may look a little different than the Lync images in the supporting documentation but the features are basically the same. Over the next several months the documentation will change to reflect the new interface.

If you are a new student starting in the fall, you do not need to install Microsoft Skype for Business. We will install this program with you during the fall block and provide training.

Hosted Web conferencing. Connect through real-time meetings, training sessions, and events.

Features include:

  • Web client support for remote attendee flexibility
  • Interactive application/desktop sharing and whiteboard tools
  • Active speaker video switching, multi-party video, and multi-party VoIP audio
  • Rich-media presentations, native video conferencing, high-fidelity recording, and Web-cam capabilities
  • Training and event management with event and class registration and virtual breakout rooms
  • Screen showing and sharing More Info >

 

Microsoft Security Essentials

Provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. More Info >

 

Mobile Devices/Smartphones

Some specialty-level students will be required to purchase a smartphone or small wireless device like a smartphone or tablet, depending on their specialty. We support iOS (iPhone and iPad) as well as Android devices (android phones and tablets). However, smartphone/tablet requirements may vary by specialty. Windows Mobile smartphones DO NOT work with the wireless access points at VUSN. We do not recommend getting a Windows smartphone if you want to use the campus WiFi feature.

Some program directors will send their students a letter over the summer with smartphone hardware and software requirements. If you do not receive such a letter, we suggest that you check with your specialty director for any specific recommendations before making any purchase. Please frequently check our Program Technology Requirements Web page for more information and periodic updates regarding program and specialty requirements.

 

Remote Proctor Now

Remote Proctor from Software Secure Inc. (www.softwaresecure.com) is an online exam proctoring technology that enables online and distance learning students to take proctored exams from the comfort and convenience of their own home or office.

The Remote Proctor uses a web-camera and microphone, as well as software to limit access to electronic information while taking an exam. The student is identified and recorded via video and audio, as well as screen capture, throughout the student's exam, which is simultaneously communicated to SSI’s restricted-access secure servers.

The video, audio, and screen capture are used for the purpose of ensuring academic integrity during the testing process. This technology is used to better comply with evolving accreditation standards. More info >

 

Skype

Skype allows users to make voice calls and chats over the Internet

Features include:

 

SPSS GradPack

GradPacks are single-user licenses that provide students with affordable access to statistical analysis, modeling and survey research tools to support their undergraduate or graduate course work. PhD Students will need the IBM SPSS Statistics Standard  GradPack (12 month option).

SuperAntiSpyware

Comprehensive program that can scan and delete spyware and a variety of other types of malware. More Info >  

Top Hat

Top Hat is an audience response system used in connection with PowerPoint to allow polling during class.

 

UpToDate

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. More Info >

 USB Headphones / Mic

PhD/DNP students and MSN (specialties only) students will be required to purchase an audio headset (e.g., Logitech Clearchat Pro USB) if they are on a Windows machine. Mac users can use the input/output devices built into their computer.

 

VUnet ID

Your "VUnet ID" is your username that identifies you to most computer-based systems at Vanderbilt. More Info >

 

Webcam

A webcam (a web camera) is required for some specialties. It can be integrated into a laptop or a USB webcam is recommended for desktops or laptops without a webcam. We recommend Logitech brand webcams.

Windows OS

Windows 10 is available for free to students through site license. Click here to visit the software store. Please note: WIndows 10S is not supported.

YES (Your Enrollment Services)

Vanderbilt's YES program is a new online student service application designed to help incoming admitted students get acquainted with the registration process. More Info >